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Today’s Quote

“When you start putting pen to paper, you see a side that doesn’t otherwise reveal itself in conversation or thought.” -Anthony Kiedis, singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. 

Time Check

Mar. 12, 1755 – The steam engine was used for the first time.

Mar. 12, 1894 – Coca Cola was sold in bottles for the first time. 

Mar. 12, 1938 – The “Anschluss” took place as German troops entered Austria. 


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Mar. 12, 2012


Hey America,

Like I mentioned last week, the point of this blog is to make you aware of the things that surround you every day. My job is to point out the things that are fake and help you find that enlightened lifestyle we all seek. A Real Life without distractions. 

Having said that, I came across something in the past week that I feel like I must share with you. I live in Los Angeles for those of you who don’t know. And I’m part of a beach driven community so when I heard about this I almost jumped.

A close friend told me about a new law that was recently passed regarding things you can bring to the beach here in LA. He said footballs are now prohibited on the beach. 

When he said this I basically told him to shut up because I wasn’t about to fall for some dumb joke. But he didn’t smile and I noticed he wasn’t kidding. I still didn’t believe this ridiculous statement, but part of me had a really bad feeling about this one….

I did a little research and within minutes I found it. There it was!


I couldn’t believe it! And it went on to further state that those caught will be subjected to a $1,000 fine!!! WHAT! REALLY?

There aren’t many things you could do to get a $1,000 fine if you tried! Yet, throwing a football on the beach with your son….yeah you must really deserve it. Even better, I can’t wait to see the frisbee thrower’s most wanted list, that will be a sight. 

The ordinance states: “It is unlawful for any person to cast, toss, throw, kick or roll any ball, tube, or any light object other than a beach ball or beach volleyball upon or over any beach between Memorial Day and Labor Day.”

Now I need to take a deep breath for a second, and take my own advice. Last week we talked about fixing things and how we must come from the right place when we do this. I would love to find the guy who wrote this piece of legislation and call him a communist and tell him to go play soccer with his stupid beach balls on his own time, but what good would that do? I would only be wasting energy.

Instead, I looked at the situation through the constructive spectacles. Instead of spewing all that negative energy, I’m now trying to fix our problem here on this blog. A more positive solution right? This goes back to the quote of the day  – it says that I’ll be able to get some clarity by writing so let’s see if it’s true. 

After taking much heat from the millions of beach goers here in LA, the county decided to re-update the new ordinance. (In other words repeal the colossal fine for playing a game of catch)

Actually, I learned that the ordinance has been in effect for 40 years now. Just now are they raising the fine. I don’t know what the penalty was in the past, but I am willing to bet that I owe the county about a million bucks if you count every single time I’ve thrown a football “on or over a beach” (according to the law). I think it’s safe to say I’m probably not the only one either.  

But aside from the fact that I’ve apparently caused so much danger and recklessness towards my fellow friends and family, (and that I’m a criminal) the thing to take away from this lies deeper than the inconvenience it would have caused me. The problem here is rooted at people like this who would propose, let alone pass such an outrageous piece of legislation.

The city of Los Angeles is standing up to this and I have to say I’m quite impressed. The response has been massive! So you can look at it and say “yeah we really know how to FIX stuff in this country.” It gives you a proud feeling, but I hate to say that we probably should be thinking about it in a different way. 

This act is a direct attack on our livelihood here. It’s the same as if they prohibit riding bikes on roads in the midwest, or if they banned running in parks in the northwest or even to my friends back east, when will they try to ban footballs on your beaches? If they haven’t already! I’m just trying to show you how silly something like this is. It’s not right, and nobody has the right to tell you what you can and can’t do to that extent. 

Anyways, I’m sure this will get overturned and if it doesn’t I’m sure we will survive. But of all things a football? Friends, my opinion may be skewed but it doesn’t get much more un-american than that…. And I do want to remind you all of the dangerous line we seem to be pushing as a country. I know for a fact this isn’t the first case in the past year that has infringed on our freedom. Remember, ANYTHING CAN BE JUSTIFIED FOR YOUR SAFETY.

I’ll be the first one to tell you that I want this world to be a safe place. I want my kids to grow up without having to fear deadly threats in this world, but right now I fear we are shifting to the opposite extreme. I see this and I don’t want them to grow up with a big fluffy pillow around them either. A pillow that bats away all the bad footballs and makes them fear something that contains no danger to begin with.

Just be aware, and stay awake. 🙂 Sometimes we tend to overestimate the damage a little old pigskin can do to us. And try to keep your fix-it glasses on and God Bless you guys.

NOTE: While I was looking this up I ran into something regarding shovels and pails… It said something like you can’t dig a hole deeper than 18 inches without permission from the city?I’m not even going to look into it yet cus I’m gona need some bigger constructive spectacles if I’m gona pull this one off. Don’t even get me started! I’ll leave that one up to you, let me know what you think. 😉



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